In Bangladesh the BBC World Service Trust sponsors a service called BBC Janala that allows people on a few dollars a day to improve their English. After dialling “3000”, they can listen to hundreds of English lessons and quizzes, updated weekly. Mobile operators charge about two cents for each three-minute lesson. Since BBC Janala was launched in November 2009, 3.1m people have used it. This excerpt was taken from an Economist article last month (Jan 27, 2011), entitled "Not just talk" . N...


Kristoff Asks, "Is Islam the Problem?" Business, Jobs, and GDP

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On Saturday of this week, Nicholas Kristoff (NY Times Columnist) asked a question that has been on the minds of many people throughout the world, is the religious devotion to Islam a reason for the issues currently plaguing many of its countries, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/opinion/06kristof.html. This is obviously a tricky question, and one that can't be measured definitely, however, some of his points are interesting to explore. In a business sense, to end a tie or partnership with a c...


Unemployment For A Young Population

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I live in the United States, New York to be specific. I've got countless friends who can't find jobs. These individuals are bright, talented, and hard workers. I always think about the daily struggles of other young people around the world when trying to find work. I remember when I was jobless. Ashamed to spend time with my friends who were proud members of the working class, never wanting to hang out with people in my free time because either I didn't want to spend money, or I didn't want...


Further Research Critical to Eliminating Pediatric AIDS

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As I read this article, I immediately tried to picture what the news was like 15 years ago revolving around AIDS in the developing world. I remember stories that scared me (I'm still in my 20s) and made me wonder if there was any hope for future generations. It is amazing how far science has already come. The work scientists have done already in advancing the cause of eradicating AIDS is tremendous and it's only becoming stronger. As long as people from around the world continue to fund the...


Helping To Build Uganda's Future, One School At A Time

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As I was browsing the internet, I came across the story of George. A young man that shares many similarities with myself. As described in the article below, George decided to take his future into his own hands and start his own non-profit to build schools in Uganda. To think how many young people George is helping provide an education to is unbelievable. And his idea makes so much sense. Young people at colleges in the United States have a lot of time on their hands to contribute to somethi...


Kite-Powered Electric Vehicle Drives Across Australia

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The world's first self-sufficient 'windmobile' is now en route across the Australian continent. The two developers and pilots Stefan Simmerer and Dirk Gion observe every day that the climate is changing. Severe forest fires near Perth, Western Australia, threaten whole villages and destroy roads. Two strong cyclones over Queensland suddenly change the wind conditions of a whole continent. And near Melbourne, Victoria, rivers burst their banks, causing floods, forcing the team to find alternative...



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